Current Rotation 7/27/2012
First off is an album of epic, and I mean EPIC proportions. The album is a self titled album by Beastwars. The album has been out for awhile now and will see a vinyl release this upcoming Septerber 11th, 2012. If you like your stoner metal mixed with doom, a little sludge, riffs catchy enough to make you kick your feet, well this is the one for you. The vocals are heavily aggressive to go along with some of the catchiest riffs and beats I’ve heard in a long time. This is a headbanging album! This is a moshing album! Get your little circle pits going and stomp someone. That’s the type of energy this album gives off.
Eric from The Heavy Eyes recommends bands to me every now and then. He never fails to disappoint. His latest recommendation is Nashville’s All Them Witches. As it is well known, country music is notorious with Nashville. All Them Witches music does have an obvious country music influence, as is evident in the song “Easy.” Besides that though, there is a lot of heavy blues based rock throughout. If you’re familiar with The Heavy Eyes then you’ll have a good idea of their sound. The band does mix it up besides just the same song over and over, there is an injection of desert rock and some psychedelics and classic rock.
Here’s one that I stumbled upon while digging through Bandcamp. The band is from Germany and they’re called Mandala. This is their 2011 release Fink. Fink is a full 32 minutes of pure heavy psych and riff rock. I’d even go as far as to say that this album is everything that Monster Magnet has been missing lately. Information on the band’s Facebook page is scarce, they’re not very active and the Bandcamp album is only a stream so I have no idea if this album is even for sale. They do have at least one other album that I found through their German label Abandon Records. Ok so this turned more into a “check this out” type paragraph rather than a review but still, It’ll speak for itself once you hear it.
Next up is another gem from Germany SHAKHTYOR. Their self titled debut is another album of epic proportions. The one thing about this album, it’s all instrumental and it’s heavy. You want deep, heavy, crunchy, and mind melting riffs? SHAKHTYOR has it. There is a bit of heavy psych and classic rock riffs here and there, most notable in K.I.” The songs aren’t for the feint of heart either. Huge and monstrous and long. There’s only 4 songs with the shortest just over 7 1/2 minutes long. I’ve heard of comparisons to Pelican and even Conan. I’d say that’s about right, or close enough at least.
The last band here, and most certainly not least is an Ohio band called Purse Snatcher. Like SHAKHTYOR, they too are an instrumental band. They play heavy stoner metal with a progressive side to boot. Imagine Rush melded with Black Label Society. That’s what you’re getting with Purse Snatcher. Variables is their 2011 release and features some of the best instrumental metal you’ll hear. Heavy, jamming, foot tapping, headbanging, monstrous, masterpiece, and mind inducing are just a few of the words that you could use to describe this album. I’m not sure what kept me away from the album before but I’m sorry I missed out. That’s ok, I’ve made up for lost time and then some.